Contributions of Parent Training to Child Welfare

Early History and Current Thoughts
  • Elsie M. Pinkston
  • Malcolm D. Smith
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Core parent training techniques are useful for developing new skills for parents who abuse or neglect their children. In our view parent training has had five primary functions: (1) to improve the quality of parent-child interaction, (2) to prevent further abuse and neglect by the parents, (3) increase community and family linkage, (4) allow parents to resume the care of their children, and (5) reduce the number of children who renter the system. Families who are considered high-risk frequently fit these criteria and techniques may be borrowed from the general parenting literature; its relevance to this population will always be considered.


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  • Elsie M. Pinkston
    • 1
  • Malcolm D. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Service AdministrationUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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